Africa

Argument

Why We Should No Longer Trust the Words 'Free and Fair'

International election monitors are devaluing their verdicts for political reasons. It's time to stop.

Silvana Toska |

Argument

The Dangers of Success

Why it's not so simple to crush and kill al Qaeda affiliates.  

Daniel Byman |

Feature

Mapped: Africa's Islamic Militants and Their Targets

From Nairobi to Timbuktu, the new terrorist battleground is in Africa. 

Yochi Dreazen |

Argument

Persona Non Grata

The United States should arrest Sudan's genocidal president in New York.

John Prendergast |

Feature

Omar and Me

My strange, frustrating relationship with an American terrorist.

J.M. Berger |

Christian Caryl

Don't Surrender Libya to the Terrorists

As we mark the anniversary of the death of Chris Stevens, there are some in Washington who'd like to turn the drones loose on Benghazi. Here's why that would be a bad idea.

Christian Caryl |

Feature

Crazy Town

After decades of civil war, Somalia is awash in mental illness and without a single trained psychiatrist. That the folk cure for PTSD involves being locked in a room with a hyena isn't helping.

James Reinl |

Feature

Fluid Markets

Deep in Congo's violent east, the business of beer meets the ugliness of war.

Jason Miklian |

Letters

It Takes a Village

Why Africa won't wait for Western do-gooders to save a continent.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Letters

Congo Is Too Big to Fail

We've already tried breaking up the DRC -- and more than 1 million people died. 

Mvemba Dizolele |

Argument

Let's Power Africa

Cowboys Stadium uses more electricity than the entire country of Liberia. But African leaders, together with the White House and U.S. Congress, are working to end the scourge of energy poverty.

Ellen Johnson SIrleaf |

Case Studies

Bridging Kenya's Data Divide

How Africa’s tech leader made it from PDFs to paperless.

Rushda Majeed |

Dispatch

Mugabe's Shameful Protector

Praising Zimbabwe's slightly-less-fraudulent election is like congratulating Anthony Weiner for sending photographs of his genitals to fewer women this year.

Roy Robins |

Christian Caryl

Zintan Versus the World

Why a small town in Libya refuses to give up custody of the revolution’s most high-profile prisoner.

Christian Caryl |

Report

Soldier of Misfortune

David Bax helped save 35 aid workers in a Mogadishu firefight. So why did they turn against him?

Colum Lynch |

Investigation

Africa's Big Brother Lives in Beijing

Is Huawei wiring Africa for surveillance? Or just for money?

John Reed |

Argument

It's Time for Mugabe to Go

The argument for real change in Zimbabwe.

Roy Bennett |

Argument

Wash Out

Mali's presidential vote is scheduled for the absolute worst time -- and Paris is to blame.  

Eamonn Gearon |

Argument

The Breadbasket Is Still a Basket Case

Zimbabwe is bouncing back from recent history's most shocking economic slump. Or is it?

Marian L. Tupy |

Report

Is the U.S. Ramping Up a Secret War in Somalia?

Islamists in East Africa were supposed to be on the run. But the raids and spy flights keep increasing.

Colum Lynch |

Argument

Headed South

Why Egypt could turn out looking like Sudan. And that's not good news.

Andrew C. Miller |

Christian Caryl

Mob Rule

Why organized crime is a growing force in world politics.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Apartheid Amnesia

How the GOP conveniently forgot about its role in propping up a white supremacist regime.

Sam Kleiner |

Argument

Where Apartheid Lives On

Mandela helped South Africans find their way to political freedom. But they still haven’t managed to overcome the economic legacy of the old regime.

Robert Looney |

Argument

The New Power Generation

Why the U.S. government's plan to coordinate and invest in African energy could light up the continent.

Dale Mathias |

Christian Caryl

Blood in the Streets

Massacring unarmed protestors is more common than you might think -- and governments often get away with it.

Christian Caryl |

Photo Essay

Kony 2013

As if the murderous LRA leader Joseph Kony weren’t bad enough, now he’s poaching elephants.

Kasper Agger |

Daniel Altman

The Nearly Foolproof Recipe to Make Poor Countries Richer

It's not what the World Bank's president is cooking up.

Daniel Altman |

Dispatch

Hot Rods

Poking around for uranium inside the world's least secure nuclear reactor.

Jason Miklian |

Argument

Guilt Trip

Why President Obama's tour of Africa is already a disappointment.

Mwangi S. Kimenyi |